The Challenge of Daylight Savings Time
Falling back into Daylight Savings time can be a challenging adjustment for us all, but especially for those affected by memory impairment, and of course, their caregivers. Here are some tips to help make the upcoming switch a little smoother.
Daylight Savings can do all of the following:
- Throw off your bodies internal clock
- Cause you to have trouble falling asleep
- Have you feeling groggy in the morning
What can you do about it?
Reset your body’s clock by walking outside for 20 minutes each morning
Still foggy? Take another walk at noon in the sun
Eat healthy! Salmon and Tuna are high in Omega-3s good for mood
Vitamin D helps as does chocolate for boosting mood
Use caffeine in small doses throughout the day, but beware of consuming caffeine too close to bedtime
Before bed, having a small bowl of whole grain cereal with milk can help your body make a sleep inducing amino acid – tryptophan
If you or your loved one suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) consider getting a lightbox and sit in front of it for 30 minutes each morning. Look for a lightbox with 10,000 lux, emits low UV and treats SAD.
Abstracted from Better Homes and Gardens November 2017